Last night, Other Cinema hosted a gathering of witches, both embodied and bound in celluloid. The night began with a brewing of cups by the Church of Color and Light, a local ritualistic performance collective that uses overhead projection, dance movement, and incantation for audience involvement and transformation. One slithering spirit even abandoned a rubber snake in my lap. Soundtracked by the buzzing of flies, their cultus ceremony set tone for a spooky evening with intermittent camera flashes punctuating the dark.
Cohesively curated experimental film and video from past iterations of the Häxän Festival filled the remainder of the evening’s program. Häxän celebrates witchcraft and the personal occult from a feminine perspective, with all works curated and made by women. The program was strong yet scrappy, with a generous dose of silence and nudity. A couple of pieces veered too close to the works of experimental film great Maya Deren (unsurprisingly) and animator Lewis Klahr, to be truly original. But the lovely, ghostly Trapped Between Frames by Nazare Soares seemed outright possessed with its multi-exposed film frames trembling and twitching
My Stereoscopic Film ‘Trapped Between Frames’ will be screened in New Delhi this Saturday 19th of March. Soundtrack by Laila Hansen (Partial facsimile) and Andrew Stuart-Buttle, performance Aya Toraiwa. Thanks so much to curator Poulomi Desai.
Usurp Zone5 at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi
19 March 2pm – 7pm Experimental Art Gallery, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. Usurp Art Presents a selection of films from our Zone5 experimental short film festival. Many of the award winning films will be screened for the first time in India.
Eye of the Dawn, Lost Found and Trapped Between Frames have been selected for Usurp Zone 5 Film Festival in London. The Films are part of the exhibiton show everyday from 3pm till 6pm. Follow the link for more info:
14 – 17 Aug: Exhibition films – Free for everyone from 3pm to 6pm. Think – abstract, absurd, activist, animated, asemic, clandestine, collage, conceptual, cut-ups, environment, experimental, glitsch, graffiti, graphic, identity, kinetic, outsider, paracinematic, performance, plunderphonic, poetry, radio, rebellious, scores, sci-art, scratch, silent, sonic, subterranean, subversive, surreal, synesthetic, typographic, video art…More info: www.usurpzone5.org.uk/exhibition
Usurp Art presents the Usurp Zone5 Film Festival with extraordinary screenings, an exhibition and
a film sound track turntable night, featuring more than 80 experimental, short films, by artists and
filmmakers from over 15 countries, including Argentina, India, Jordan, Peru, Spain and South Africa.
With spatial sound explorations to post-internet performative actions, to meaning-finding/meaning
making idiosyncrasies, the Usurp Zone5 Film Festival traverses cinematic and televisual contexts,
film and video semiotics, allusions to gaming, advertising and internet art. This ambitious festival
highlights the politics of DIY creativity at a time of cuts and austerity. The programming for the
festival employs an experimental process that breaks with conventional curatorial authorship and
fosters a more democratic spectatorship, enabling audiences to create their own surprise links,
chance connections and perceptual analysis. The Usurp Zone5 Film Festival transforms the Usurp
Art Gallery into a suggestive interface; a communal, intimate living room in which to be inspired,
reflect, debate and share.
Usurp Art is proud to be the main sponsor
of this festival. Programme supported by
Film Hub London, managed by Film London.
Proud to be a partner of the BFI Film
Audience Network, funded by the National